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Josie And The Pussycats

Genre: Comedy

Reviewed In Issue 52 (Sept 2001) Of Widescreen Review®

Rachel Leigh Cook, Tara Reid, Rosario Dawson, Alan Cumming, Paulo Costanzo & Parker Posey

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 5
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: 4
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Critics' Composite Score: 2.5
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Special Features
Includes an up-front Universal Studios ad, audio commentary with the directors and producer, deleted scenes, Josie And The Pussycats music video (

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Universal Studios Home Video
(Catalog Number): 21377
(MPAA Rating): PG13
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(Retail Price): $26.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 99
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2001
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 08/14/01
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Deborah Kaplan & Harry Elfont
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Story Synopsis:
Based on the characters in Archie Comics, Josie And The Pussycats (Cook, Reid, and Dawson) are a small-town garage band with little chance to make it big till boy band DuJour disappears in their private jet and their management is looking for a new act. But just as soon as The Pussycats are enjoying superstardom, they discover that they are being used to control the impressionable, ready-to-purchase-anything minds of America

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD picture exhibits a colorful pallet with bright pinks, deep reds and bold blues. Colors seem to get more and more vibrant with each costume change. Fleshtones appear accurate throughout, and blacks are deep and endless. The opening scenes of Du Jour are intentionally blown out with highly contrasted images to create a stylized look. Otherwise, contrast and shadow delineation are well balanced throughout. Images are crisp and nicely detailed, perfectly defining each well-placed advertisement satirically appearing in the movie. There are a few instances in which edge enhancement is noticed, and occasionally fine details shimmer slightly. Still, the picture is quite solid and should surely delight the MTV generation. (Suzanne Hodges)

The 5.1-channel soundtracks are somewhat peculiar in nature. The music recordings and performances are of impressive fidelity and have notable dimensional spread across the screen, but the use of the surrounds is surprisingly very limited, and sometimes even non-existent, with the notable exception of the concert performance in Chapter 17. Other than the music, the use of surrounds is gentle to moderate, and fairly effective throughout. There

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DVD-ROM Review:
Since this title has so little to offer for us DVD-ROM users, the installation goes by rather quickly. Actually, if you are using Interactual's Player 2, the installation is non-existent. From the main menu, you are given five links, all of which are simply links to portions of the DVD-Video side of the disc. While I am sure the features these links direct you to are enjoyable and entertaining, I am too disgusted to gruel through them now. Of course, all this would be different if that cursed DVD-Video did not rear its ugly head onto my screen. (Danny Richelieu)